1980 Republican National Convention

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1980 Republican National Convention
1980 Presidential Election
Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981-cropped.jpg 43 George H.W. Bush 3x4.jpg
Reagan and Bush
Date(s) July 14 - July 17
City Detroit, Michigan
Venue Joe Louis Arena
Keynote speaker Guy Vander Jagt
Presidential nominee Ronald W. Reagan of California
Vice Presidential nominee George H. W. Bush of Texas
1976  ·  1984

The 1980 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States convened at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, from July 14 to July 17, 1980. The 32nd Republican National Convention nominated former Governor Ronald W. Reagan of California for President and former congressman George H. W. Bush of Texas for Vice President.[1] Reagan, running on the theme "Make America Great Again," stayed in Detroit's Renaissance Center, at the time the world's tallest hotel, and delivered his acceptance speech at Joe Louis Arena.[2] It remains the only major party national political convention to have been held in Detroit.

Presidential vote[edit]

Presidential tally:[3]

The Reagan-Bush ticket went on to win the 1980 presidential election by a landslide victory.

Vice President[edit]

During the convention, the possibility of choosing former president Gerald Ford as the vice-presidential nominee was given at least some consideration. Ford asked for certain powers and prerogatives that has been described as making Ford a co-president. This included the return of Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State and the appointment of Alan Greenspan as Secretary of the Treasury in a "package deal". The two sides could not come to an agreement, and ultimately George Bush was chosen less than 24 hours before the ticket was announced. [4]Reagan chose Bush as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Other candidates mentioned included,

Vice Presidential tally:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "It’s Reagan plus Bush". New Strait Times. 18 July 1980. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in Detroit". Presidency.ucb.edu. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "US President - R Convention Race - Jul 14, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  4. ^ Allen, Richard V. "How the Bush Dynasty Almost Wasn’t | Hoover Institution". Hoover.org. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  5. ^ "US Vice President - R Convention Race - Jul 14, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 

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Preceded by
Kansas City, Missouri
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
Dallas, Texas